UK Catalysis Hub at the Research Complex

Catalysis lies at the heart of the chemicals industry. In recent years the UK output has totalled over £50 billion annually and is ranked seventh in the world. The UK has maintained its strong position despite immense competition worldwide, but it is essential that innovation in research continues. The UK Catalysis Hub was established in 2013 with this aim.

The science of the UK Catalysis Hub was built round the four themes of design, environment catalysis, energy and chemical transformations. It has supported 82 novel and topical projects in catalytic science (e.g. catalysis for deNOx reactions; biobutanol production and use) and strategically relevant problems such as water purification, particulate destruction in automotive exhaust and clean hydrogen production. Biocatalysis & Biotransformations was added as an additional theme in 2015.

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Looking forward, the UK Catalysis Hub will focus on developing new catalytic processes for more effective use of water and energy, waste minimisation, and material reuse and reduction in gaseous emissions.

It will have various impacts:

Society & Environment

Contributing towards environmental sustainability through reduced waste, increased energy and water efficiency and increased utilisation of bio-sourced materials.


Through increases in R&D productivity and industrial capability and to implement new catalytic processes to address sustainable manufacturing, for example, in an industrial setting.


Deliver a new generation of highly skilled researchers through delivery and training in all areas of catalytic science and engineering.

Outreach & Engagement

Contribute to dissemination of the new methodologies and processes developed to the academic and industrial communities.

The science of the UK Catalysis Hub is built around four themes:


Optimising, Predicting & Designing New Catalysts

Catalysis at the Water Energy Nexus

Catalysis for the Circular Economy & Sustainable Manufacturing